Boston Red Sox

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By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has directly affected the Boston Red Sox’ roster – at the top of it.

Manager Ron Roenicke told reporters on Tuesday that projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez and top infield prospect Bobby Dalbec have both tested positive for the virus, which has shown up in multiple outbreaks across all major professional sports as teams attempt to reopen their facilities. Rodriguez’ status for the expected July 24 opener is now in doubt.

“He’s feeling a lot better, but he’s still not feeling 100 percent,” Roenicke said, via Ian Browne. “So we’ll continue to test him and hopefully get some negatives back, and then he’ll be able to join us.”

A recent story in The Athletic by Brittany Ghiroli describes “woefully incomplete” testing procedures for players entering team facilities. It also says that “the player’s promised personal protection equipment has not yet arrived.”

Dodgers pitcher and former Red Sox ace David Price is among the notable players to opt out of playing the 2020 season. Unless major changes take place, the Red Sox’ season is still projected to start against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on July 24.

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